Homework Resources for Teens

Online resources to help make reading and learning a part of your life. If you can’t make it to the Library, check out these websites to help you with your language arts, math, science, social studies, and more.

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Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
On the Purdue OWL site, they offer free resources including writing and teaching writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and job search and professional writing. There’s even a section on how to conquer “writer’s block”.

Grammar Girl
Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.

Shakespeare for Kids
It’s never too early to discover Shakespeare! This is a fun and informative resource for Shakespeare beginners. You will learn quotes, scripts, printing facts, information about his daughter Queen Elizabeth I, folios, his plays, and Elizabethan England with puzzles, quizzes, and learning new words.

Poet’s Corner
Poet’s Corner is one of the largest and oldest text resources on the web. It is a user-friendly library that is both a useful reference and an appealing place to browse and explore poetry. The collection covers over 7,300 works by about 800 poets.

Poetry 180
This isn’t your standard poetry – there’s something for everyone. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the introduction says, “Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.”

Library of Congress – Poetry
Poetry webcasts, poetry news and events, columns from the Poet Laureate, and more. The site also has links to many other poetry-related sits, including an archive of recorded poetry and literature.

Math.com – Algebra
The nice thing about this site is that it lets you choose the type of problem you need to work on, and then it takes you through four steps….1) a first glance, or simple overview, 2) an in-depth explanation, 3) examples, and finally 4) a chance for you to practice on some real problems.

Algebra.com
This is a community website with hundreds of free math tutors — real people who find pleasure in teaching math. They solve students’ problems, write lessons, and more. Just find the type of problem you’re working on, and you will see lessons, examples, and more. Or, go to the section to the right and select “Ask Free Tutors”. Most sections have archives with hundreds of problems solved by the tutors.

WebMATH
This site has you type in a math problem that you’re working on, and then it gives you a step-by-step guide on how to solve it. It covers general math, algebra, geometry, calculus, and more.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content.

Math2.org
This site has basic math reference tables and a math message board where you can post a specific math question and get answers from other students and from experts.

Cells Alive!
Cells Alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. The site has been available continuously and updated annually since May of 1994.

Exploratorium – The Science of Baseball
Ever wonder why a curveball curves, or what’s inside of a baseball? Find out here at the Exploratorium’s Science of Baseball site. Throughout the site, you will investigate the insides of that iconic leather-covered ball, test your reaction time with a bat, find a bat’s sweet spot and more. You’ll discover how to throw a slider, what it feels like to soak in the adoration of a crowd, how come a baseball has stitches – as well as the history of this popular game.

Whole Frog Project
The goal of the Whole Frog Project is to provide students the ability to explore the anatomy of a frog and visualize the anatomical structures of the intact animal. Just jump to the “Virtual Frog Dissection Kit”, and click on the “Help” file – it will give you some tips for how to move the frog around.

ThoughtCo. – Geology
Dig deeper into geology by learning about everything from ancient fossils and rock formation, to present-day landslides and earthquakes.

Science Buddies
This site is great if you need to find a good science project in a hurry. Click on the “Project Ideas” link, and you’ll see many different topics to choose from. You can choose projects that match your grade level. There is also an interactive tool to help you learn how a pandemic evolves, looking at the impact on both lives and jobs.

Space Race
This site is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with a background on the history of the “Space Race” between the United States and the Soviet Union, the space rivalry and its aftermath, from the military origins of the Space Race, through the race to the Moon and the development of reconnaissance satellites, to cooperative ventures between the two former rivals and efforts to maintain a human presence in space.

Sky and Telescope Magazine
The contributors of this magazine and websites are virtually all amateur or professional astronomers, and every one has built a telescope, written a book, done original research, developed a new product, or otherwise distinguished him or herself.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for Students
NASA STEM resources for students in grades 9-12. NASA’s Vision: To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

The World Factbook
Developed by the CIA, the World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

50states.com
Pretty much everything you would ever want to know about each of the 50 United States. State bird, state nickname, weather, population, highest point, and government.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content.

Official Website of the White House
This is the official website of the White House. Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House, and the history of this building extends far beyond the construction of its walls. The White House is both the home of the President of the United States and his family, and a museum of American history.

BBC News Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.

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